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GENERAL PACKING TIPS

  • Be sure to label boxes while packing and place them in the unit with the label visible.

  • Use large boxes for lighter items such as pillows, blankets, etc., and use smaller boxes for heavier items like books, DVDs and electronics.

  • Pack small items carefully and avoid using trash bags as items tend to break and mildew due to lack of ventilation.

  • Don't overload boxes; you shouldn't have to strain when moving them.

  • If packing items of different weights in the same box, be sure to put heavier items on bottom and label "this end up."

  • Be sure to wrap breakables carefully in newspaper or bubble wrap.

  • Use wardrobe boxes to hang clothing or draperies so the fabric breathes and doesn't wrinkle.

  • Furniture drawers can be used to store small, well-wrapped breakable items.

  • Fill boxes completely, and stuff extra space with newspaper to help prevent collapsing when stacked.

Have some questions about storing your stuff?  Check out our Hints, Tips and Frequently Asked Questions.  If your question isn't covered here, give us a call at 330-535-1754.

TIPS and HINTS

STAGING YOUR HOME FOR SALE?

Here's another tip - Closets and kitchen cupboards should be "neat and organized."  Yes, don't be surprised that potential buyers are peeking into all your closets and cupboards.  Having less clutter here increases the sense of spacious storage and allows buyers to picture their own items there. It creates a sense of cleanliness and order by having clean countertops, sparsely decorated walls and minimal furniture.
Pare yourself down to a single set of dishes and pack up all that mismatched glassware.  If it's really not something you need when you sell your home, donate it now to a family in need. 
Same for your closets.  If your closet houses dozens of pairs of shoes now is the time to sort them out.  Toss out the ones you don't wear and box up the ones you want to keep. If you want to keep it, then put it in temporary storage along with all the other items put away for staging.  It will be like a birthday present to yourself when you get it back out after you've settled in your new home.


STORING BABY GEAR
When your first bundle of joy arrives, so does a bundle of stuff, from baby carriers to strollers to cute little booties.
   As your firstborn gets bigger, you have a decision to make: do you sock these goods away for baby number two? What if you aren’t sure about having another? What about sharing those items with close family members preparing for their own bundle of joy?
   Organizing experts and parents of multiple kids say you should consider storing some items, but you don’t need to keep everything. Here are some things to consider when deciding whether to hold onto a baby item, or not:

  • Did the Item Work For Your First Baby?  Ditch stuff that didn’t function properly or that annoyed you. You will feel much better passing it on to someone who will love it more than you do rather than keeping it to annoy you later.
  • How Much Space Do You Have?  If you have the room to store baby items you love, or that would be costly to replace, keep them.  If you have items that are collapsible or that you can disassemble so they take up very little space, it makes sense to keep them as long as you want. Larger items, especially those that might cost hundreds of dollars to replace, it might even make sense to store them off site.
  • Baby safety concept:  Will the Item Still Be Useable?  Keep safety in mind. For example, some infant items may get recalled, and car seats expire. The expiration date will be stamped on the bottom, but a seat might stay safe only six years after manufacture.

Organizing Baby Gear For Storage
   If you do store items, keep them organized and labeled so you can easily find what you need when baby number two arrives. For example:

  • Store baby clothes by size, season and gender in vacuum-sealed bags, and place those in a clear, labeled storage bin. This method saves space and keeps out moisture and dust.
  • Put large toys or gear in a labeled drawstring laundry bag to keep out dust but not attract moisture that might create mold or mildew.


WHY CLIMATE CONTROL?

Why is climate control the best way to store your items?
   Extreme temperatures may cause damage to some stored items.  If  exposed to too much heat, some items may become warped or cracked. Frost and humidity may cause rusting in some metal fixtures and equipment. You can also expect electronics and photographs to be affected by extreme temperatures.
   Climate controlled storage ensure that the temperature inside the unit are consistent. Items that should be stored in a climate-controlled unit will include computers, home furnishings, linens, electronics, musical instruments and antiques


GETTING READY TO SELL YOUR HOUSE?

   Here's another timely hint -  Ridding your home of clutter is another simple way to allow buyers to focus on the bones of the house, not the titles in your cookbook or CD collection.
   After years of living in the same home, clutter collects and we don't even realize it. But it does affect the way buyers see the home.  Clutter collects on shelves and countertops, and in drawers, closets, garages, attics and basements and makes rooms appear smaller than they actually may be. And by cleaning out your closets, you're showing off your storage space, which sells houses - it always ranks high on buyers' priority list.
   Real estate agents say they often catch house hunters opening bathroom and kitchen cabinets. So, disband the clutter and clean out your cabinets and closets. 
   Before opening your house to potential buyers, remove items from countertops in the kitchen and bathrooms. If you have kids, get rid of the toys all around the house. Pack away those items in sturdy boxes and safely store your personal belongings out of harm's way in a self-storage unit.